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    Is streetdeck worth the $?

    Hi all!
    First don't this post the wrong way, I am in no way bashing SD here..

    I was thinking about getting SD (once the demo issue gets sorted out so I can try it), but $199 seems a little steep.
    I've been reading the posts and it seems like there's a few bugs with the app and it also appears to still be under development...

    By using other front ends it seems like you can get most (if not all) of the functionality of SD and a lot of them are free.

    I'm just wondering if someone could let me know if it's worth spending the $200 for the software.

    I can't really make my own decision as I can't get the demo to work more than once (yes I've tried the upgrade with the same results) so I can't test the functionality.

    Also, is there a cheaper version that doesn't have the MapPoint maps?
    I have MP 2006 so I could just use the maps that I currently have.

    Thanks a lot for any info!
    Steve

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    Ok I will be the first to answer.
    Streetdeck is worth the money. The first time that you start having real problems and you have a phone number that you can call and talk to someone will make you fell better. Also the SD team is always looking at ways to make the product better. Yes there are other frontends that are free and some are very good. But I do not believe any of them have the total overall completeness of SD. With the way the Technology changes, SD will always look like it is in Beta to some(Because SD is always tring to give us the stuff we want).

    You can not use you version of Microsoft Maps with SD. SD uses the Maps differently. Someone else could explain that better.
    Overall I can say for me I have been very happy with Streetdeck and pleased with my purchase.
    Just my 2 cents.
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    Thanks a lot for the info.
    I just looked at the skin editor tutorial video and I'm starting to see more what the price point is all about.. plus I'm sure the licensing for the maps and such is a killer..

    Quote Originally Posted by mtrydoc View Post
    You can not use you version of Microsoft Maps with SD. SD uses the Maps differently. Someone else could explain that better.
    One of the software requirements for SD is Mappoint 2005 or 2006.
    I took that to mean that it uses the MP maps.

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    The only reason I can see to buy it is if you want to support the mp3car store, or you would rather have someone else do the fun than yourself.

    Frontends are free. Very well supported, constantly updated, easily uopgradeable and plugins to the source. Streetdeck has active protection against decompilers I believe so you are out of luck.

    Also no video while driving. No GPS entering while driving. Basically you pay extra to limit the functionality of your CarPC. Only worth it if you would like it handed to you in a shiny package, and aren't really looking for complete CarPC functionality.

    I of course am biased because I am a frugle bastard who will only resort to paying for something if I cannot program it or build it myself.
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    Totally worht it!

    I think it's well worth the money. StreetDeck is an awesome product. I won't say it's perfect and it's glitches drive me nuts every now and then, but you there are great people behind the product and that it will all be fixed some day.

    The way I look at it is that I we are guinei pigs for what's eventually going to become a rock solid state of the art product.

    That's my opinion anyway...

    Mark

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    Quote Originally Posted by marchello2000 View Post
    I think it's well worth the money. StreetDeck is an awesome product. I won't say it's perfect and it's glitches drive me nuts every now and then, but you there are great people behind the product and that it will all be fixed some day.

    The way I look at it is that I we are guinei pigs for what's eventually going to become a rock solid state of the art product.

    That's my opinion anyway...

    Mark
    Yes but what can it do, that you can't get for free (plus maps) in these forums?!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2k1Toaster View Post
    Also no video while driving.
    That is a good thing in my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffreyd_tx View Post
    That is a good thing in my opinion.
    Multiple monitors for the backseat... They will be mighty non-entertained.

    Also what about music videos? A lot of people have alot of their music is video format.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marchello2000 View Post
    The way I look at it is that I we are guinei pigs for what's eventually going to become a rock solid state of the art product.
    Well that is part of my problem, pay $200 to be a guinei pig / beta tester on a product.

    From what I've read online the software seems to have all kinds of bugs.
    I do give a great deal of credit to the developers, they seem to be right on top of releasing updates and bug fixes.

    It looked "cool", for the 15 minutes I got to play with it, but so far I didn't see anything I couldn't do with RoadRunner (what I'm using now).
    I just wish I could get the damn demo to work more than once so I could make an informed decision, rather than relying on other people's postings.

    I appreciate all the replies!

    Thanks.

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    HANDS DOWN WORTH EVERY PENNY. No other software bundles all the features you need in a car computer or any mobile media center so nicely as SD does. Not only do you get the features, but you get to edit every little detail about it. SD is going places. This is only the beginning!
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